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Tag archive for ‘members of parliament’
By The Publisher On Thursday, September 23rd, 2021
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Open Letter to Council of Ministers and Members of Parliament

Dear Esteemed and Honourable Council of Ministers and Members of Parliament, 1. We beg and beseech of you the Parliament of Sint Maarten to begin, not just seriously considering, but to call your Ministers to Parliament More...

By The Publisher On Friday, March 19th, 2021
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A closer look at the rules for suspending parliamentarians

PHILIPSBURG — On February 19, 2019, Theo Heyliger, then a member of parliament for the United Democrats party (UD) was arrested on suspicion of taking bribes from construction companies. The Public Prosecutor More...

By The Publisher On Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021
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MPs question country package but don’t oppose it

PHLIPSBURG — Members of Parliament had literally hundreds of questions during Monday’s Central Committee meeting about the country package agreement the government signed with the Netherlands but nobody More...

By The Publisher On Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020
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MPs discuss stimulus plan

“No loans but grants and no conditions” ~ PHILIPSBURG – No loans but grants, and above all no conditions. Those were some of the sentiments expressed by parliamentarians during a digital central committee More...

By The Publisher On Tuesday, April 7th, 2020
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Madness without borders

By Hilbert Haar “Unity (as of a group or class) that produces or is based on community of interests, objectives, and standards;” That’s how the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines solidarity. Ah, I did not More...

By The Publisher On Sunday, February 16th, 2020
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Liquidity support still up in the air

PHILIPSBURG – The government is still in a bind about the liquidity support it is expecting from the Netherlands for 2018 and 2019. But so far, St. Maarten has not met the conditions the Kingdom Council of Ministers More...

By The Publisher On Monday, November 18th, 2019
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MPs and Ministers have earned over 50 million guilders since 10-10-10

~ The political cost of autonomy since 10-10-10: more than 50 million guilders ~ PHILIPSBURG – Members of parliament and ministers have cost the St. Maarten tax payers more than 50 million guilders since the More...

By The Publisher On Tuesday, June 25th, 2019
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An egocentric attitude

By Hilbert Haar A salary cut for members of parliament is part of the debate about the draft 2019 budget. It is obviously an inevitable measure though it is more meaningful as a symbolical gesture than it is in More...

By The Publisher On Monday, June 10th, 2019
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SMCP supports lowering MP salaries by 10%

PHILIPSBURG — In a press release today, St. Maarten Christian Party SMCP announced that it still stands firm on its position with regard to the reduction of the salaries of Members of Parliament. “Initially More...

By The Publisher On Saturday, April 6th, 2019
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Between a rock and a hard place, but worse

By Hilbert Haar The expression caught between a rock and a hard place does not begin to describe the situation St. Maarten finds itself in now that the Kingdom Council of Ministers has put conditions in place for More...